Museum Registration and Collections Management

Museum Registration and Collections Management
Managing anthropological collections: object-handling, object-tracking, accessioning, deaccessioning, collections databases, loans, valuating collections, conservation environments, ethics, and NAGPRA and other laws relating to museums.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, Arr Lab
 TaughtWinter even years
Course Outcomes

Required Museum Professional Skills

Students will be introduced to the registration, collections management, and collection care disciplines including both professional and ethical standards.

Hands-On Skills and Practices

Students will have hands-on, real-life experience with museum collections related to registration issues and practices and thus be able to apply theory to professional museum venues.

Technical Museum Writing

Through the course assignments, students will gain experience in technical research and writing for museums including object description, condition reporting, collections research related to origins of objects and clear title, accessioning, databasing, and deaccessioning, collections planning and proposal writing with relation to legal and ethical strategies related to holdings within a museum.

Career Development

Students will be provided the opportunity to identify their interests in and aptitudes for the registration/collections management/collection care disciplines. Students will receive counseling in how to prepare for a career in the collection management fields.

Team Work

Due to the fact that most museum projects are team efforts, this course will provide students experience in team driven project results and projects through course assignments and assessments.

Professional Development

Students will be provided the opportunities to work closely with professionals in the museum fields and visit diverse museum settings through course assignments.

Museum Theory and Methodologies

Students will gain an appreciation of museums and their important roles in local, national, and global contexts.